If you were looking for the most Flyers response during the Ed Snider Legacy Game, you got what you wanted on Saturday afternoon. It was a game straight out of the Broad Street Bullies era. The Flyers played hard, were physical, and certainly had Mr. Snider smiling down on them for their performance.
No one responded to the challenge more than Morgan Frost. After being benched against the Blue Jackets, Frost went to John Tortorella to talk about the situation. It opened the door for further conversation, which can help both move their relationship in a positive direction. Having those two work things out can only help the Flyers move forward.
The best way to respond to a benching of any type is to play a key role in a victory. Frost did that by scoring the opening goal and assisting on a rare power-play goal for the Flyers. It was a good play by Sean Walker to stick with it after his initial shot was blocked. The puck came right back to him, and he got the shot on the net. Jacob Markstrom, who played well for the Flames, kicked the puck out. Thankfully for Frost, he was there to collect the rebound and deposit it into the empty net.
Frost, while not intentional, helped the Flyers crack through on the power play. His shot missed the net but took a bounce off Sean Couturier's foot and the end boards. As luck would have it, the puck bounced back to Couturier, and the savvy veteran forward banked the puck off Markstrom's back from the red line. It was a dirty goal and one that the unit needed. Having Couturier back in the lineup has continued to pay dividends for Philadelphia, as he seems to make an impact on a nightly basis.
Travis Konecny Strikes Shorthanded...Again
If you didn't know Travis Konecny was an All-Star, he continued to prove that with his work on the penalty kill. Scott Laughton knocked the puck away out of the defensive zone. Konecny, using his speed, took a wide route into the offensive zone. Skating in on Markstrom, he picked his spot and sniped it over the Flames goaltender's glove.
The goal was Konecny's fifth shorthanded tally and the Flyers' league-leading 10th shorthanded goal. The unit has more than made up for the failures of the power play and has almost outscored their opponents. Philadelphia has given up 17 power-play goals this season to their 10 shorthanded goals. They are second in the league at 86.3%, closely behind the Kings at 87.3%.
One of John Tortorella's best moves has been putting Konecny on the penalty kill. It was something he had never done in his career. And it's a move that the speedy forward says keeps him involved throughout the game. It has been clear that adding that to his repertoire has turned him into an even more complete player.
It was a much needed victory for the Flyers and closely resembled what has made them so successful this season. They will need to take this one into Monday night's game as they face a Penguins team that has clawed its way back into the playoff conversation. Philadelphia swept the home and home series against Pittsburgh back in December.